Hi there! Once again, it's Kendall and Bean with some pregnancy updates! I am currently in between 17 and 18 weeks pregnant and since I've last written, there have been quite a few changes.
First of all, today is the last day of my spring break. It has been absolutely fantastic! I feel refreshed and ready to get these last 35 days of school over with. Yes, I said 35! Now, I might sound enthusiastic now, but we'll see if that changes in a couple weeks, as the kids and Mrs. Vogts get restless and start longing for summer.
Today, Todd and I ventured into Babies R Us for a bit of browsing. This came after a trip with my mom and gram to Buy Buy Baby! Talk about the Bed Bath and Beyond of baby stuff! There was so much to take in. I can't wait to get our registries started, and good news, Todd was surprisingly into it. I anticipated some grumbling or some long sighs, but I think his eyes were opened to the amount of items we would need to purchase for Bean and how many options there were!
We have also talked about possible names, which is a step in a direction... Yes, a direction. A couple weeks ago, there was no talk, no direction, no input! We have some ideas, so that is very exciting. I am ready to call the baby by its name. Speaking of the whole "it" situation. We will find out the gender on April 10th, as long as Bean cooperates! Along with finding out the gender, I'm ready to see how Bean has grown. I heard the heartbeat a couple of weeks ago, but I haven't seen the baby since that first sonogram, which I had around seven weeks, when Bean was literally a bean.
So far, there has been no movement, that I have noticed. I'm sure that will be coming shortly. I'm a worrier, so that's another reason I'd like to catch a glimpse at what's going on in there. Movement aside, I have had more frequent and intense bouts of heartburn. Along with the frequency of heartburn has come the frequency with which I have to pee. It's a lot... Throughout the day, during the night, anytime I go into a store, before I leave the store... A LOT!
Also, I am to the point where my pants are getting pretty uncomfortable. Like they fit in the legs, and the ones with some stretch to them will still button around my waist. Side note, when I say waist, I really mean stomach. Not because my prego belly has taken over from my waist to my boobs (yet), but because that's where I always wear my pants. Jeans, leggings, you name it, I wear them pulled up to my bellybutton. With a short torso, if I don't, I feel like they're falling down all time time, and my pockets are at the backs of my legs, not on my butt, where they should be! So, back to my current situation. I will start out with the pants buttoned, but as the day goes on, I eat, sit down, etc. Thus, I unbutton the pants. And let's face it, once you unbutton your pants, it's only a matter of time before the zipper works its way down. So there I was today, walking around Dillon's with unbutton pants, secretly hidden under my t-shirt! Needless to say, I have invested in the spandex, maternity band! I'll let you know how it goes!
So, one other update that I have to share... And this is where things could get a little rocky. Not for Todd or I, but for some of you readers. By no means am I trying to start anything. I really hate controversy and I truly think that everyone should respect each other's different opinions. We don't have to agree, or even like the way others do things, but we should respect the choices that they make. So, at 15 weeks, Todd and I decided that we wanted to do Innatal Testing. That is what my doctor referred to it as, but when getting the testing done, the ladies in the lab called it Progenity testing. It is a blood test (my blood) that they use to check and see if the baby has any chromosomal abnormalities. The test checks for Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13, and can also reveal the gender of the baby. I got the call about a week after I had my blood drawn, and all of the markers came back negative. For Todd, a planner extraordinaire, and me, a worrier, this was very good news.
Now here is where the controversy comes into play. There is a lot of backlash, ridicule, and negativity toward the test (at least that I've heard) because regardless, the baby growing in your tummy is going to be your baby. If the markers are positive or negative, it does not change the fact that God has blessed you with a child. You will love it with all of your heart, and you will raise it to be a loving, caring, successful person. And Todd and I completely agree with all of that. There is nothing that would change the fact that we absolutely already adore our baby and our love will only increase, but with our personalities, we really wanted to allow ourselves the time, if necessary, to educate ourselves and prepare for anything that might be coming our way.
Alrighty friends and family, that's all for now! Todd, Bean, and I are currently waiting to cheer on our St. Louis Cardinals in their season opener. They're playing the Cubs and our neighbors, next door, are proudly flying their Cubs flag... You better believe that we got our Cards flag out there ASAP! I feel a neighborhood rivalry brewing! I will keep the updates coming your way! Enjoy your week!
Love to Ya'll and our Cardinals,
Kendall and Bean